Served in a decanter, immediately after opening from wine fridge at 13C. Lovely high perfumed nose and mid-weight palate to this wine. Surprised me this time in, not really thinking about what to expect, I had stereotypical expectations of a tannic heaviness, probably with some sort of marker of the vintage heat, but I found it to be in a drinkable more-ish zone. Not "delicate" but very very far from bruising. Given the other notes here I expect the cooler serving temperature helped a lot.
I am a big fan of Tempier. This wine shows the heat of the vintage. Not that it's a bad wine, but it is very ripe, somewhat pruny and not typical of what I am used to in this wine. Dark in color. Not a lot of brett. Big, rich, somewhat fat palate. Sweet finish that lingers a bit.
Don't get me wrong: this is one of my all-time favorite wines. But the fiery canicule that hit Southern France during the summer of this vintage really affected this bottling. As usual, I loved the deep black fruit flavors and earthy, tarry, brambly notes that set Tempier's Migoua apart. There were some burnt s'more flavors going on in the background that I liked. But unlike other vintages, this one has lost its structure already. On the palate it's not flabby, more like gooey. Big, yes. Deep, yes. But I'm going to drink the rest of my bottles asap.
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